The AARP web page
is designed to spotlight articles on news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of concern to older gay Americans, and their family and friends. It also provides information about AARP’s positions and advocacy efforts in this arena.
Aging Lesbians in South Seattle (ALISS)
ALISS (Aging Lesbians in South Seattle) is a group of older lesbians, most of whom live in the South Seattle area. ALISS meets once a month at the local Senior Center to connect and create community, and in-between for potlucks, games, and other activities as arranged.
Meeting : 1st Thursday of Every month at Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly Street Seattle, WA 98118. The group gathers for lunch at the Senior Center at 12:00 noon. The meeting runs from 12:45 P.M. until 2:45 P.M.
Contact : ALISSquestions@gmail.com
Aging with Dignity
“Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity.”
The American Geriatrics Society
The American Society on Aging, LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.
Aging Your Way LGBT Gathering
On June 7, 2011 members of the LGBT community came together to create a vision for their community that would help support them as they age. Louise Chernin, executive director of the GSBA, facilitated the gathering that was hosted by Senior Services.
Barbara Karnes RN
Ms. Karnes “is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority to explain the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community at large.”
Coming Out Women
“We are a gathering of women who meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 7 to 8:30 PM. We gather for the purpose of listening and sharing with one another as we walk together along our life paths as women-loving-women. Whether you can join us in person or if you live at such a distance that you can meet us only online, we welcome you.”
Death with Dignity
From the website: “The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on the model Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.”
Death with Dignity
End of Life Washington
“End of Life Washington – formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington – guides people in planning for the final days of their lives.
We provide free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death.
We encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our End of Life Washington Advance Directive.
We promote the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for those with serious illnesses. We provide these and many other documents at no cost.
We created and played a key role in leading the coalition that passed Initiative 1000 (the Washington Death with Dignity Act) into law in November, 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the popular vote. We now steward, protect, and uphold the law.
We advocate for better pain management, patient-directed end-of-life care, and expanded choice for the terminally ill. We do not suggest, encourage, or promote suicide or euthanasia.
There is never a fee for our services.”
Equal Rights Washington
“Equal Rights Washington (ERW) is a statewide political advocacy organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community of Washington State. ERW has successfully advocated for marriage equality, the Anderson Murray Anti-Discrimination law, the creation and further expansion of the domestic partnership registry protections, and the passage of the Healthy Youth Act. ERW works to organize the movement for equality, educate the public, and influence policy makers. ERW is currently advocating in the areas of healthcare, education, employment, housing and immigration.”
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA)
GMLA’s mission is “to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.”
“Gay City’s mission is to promote wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts and building community. Learn about our featured programs below or explore by clicking on the menu items to the right.”
Greater Seattle Business Association
“VISION: A vibrant global economy strengthened through the full participation of diverse local communities
GSBA MISSION: To combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and those who support equality for all.”
Housing Resources compiled by Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change
“How to Die in Oregon,” a documentary about physician-assisted suicide
From the website:
“In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.”
How to Die in Oregon
Ingersoll Gender Center
“We’re an organization based in Seattle that supports transgender people and gender variant people towards growth and well being. We’ve got support groups, educational opportunities, jobs programs, and special events to support our community.”
LGBT+ National Aging Research Center
” The LGBT+ National Aging Research Center is dedicated to creating innovations to address the health, aging and well-being of LGBTQ midlife and older adults and their families. This Center is built upon strong collaborations across the nation with LGBTQ older adults, their families and communities, service providers as well as multidisciplinary experts from such diverse fields as Social Work, Medicine, Public Health, Sociology, Nursing, Psychology, Statistics, and Ethics.
Built upon more than two decades of research on LGBTQ aging, the Center fosters key partnerships across a number of landmark projects including Aging with Pride: The National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first federally-funded longitudinal research project examining the health, aging and well-being over time of LGBTQ adults ages 50 to 100, and Caring and Aging with Pride, the groundbreaking national study designed to understand resilience, well-being, disparities, caregiving, and generational differences in the lives of LGBTQ midlife and older adults.”
LGBT+ National Aging Research Center
LGBT HealthLink, formerly The Network for LGBT Health Equity, is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and other health disparities within our communities. We are one of 8 CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks. We advance these issues primarily by linking people and information to advocate for policy change.
“Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.”
From “About Us” on Lifelong’s website:
“You could say that both Lifelong and Evergreen Wellness Advocates all started with a caring community.
Lifelong was born from a simple soup can, passed around Volunteer Park in 1983. The $42 that those advocates collected that evening was to help them feed, house and stand by those fighting AIDS—when no one else would. Evergreen Wellness Advocates also began small. A group of close friends gathered at a bar in 1985, discussing ways to help another friend dying from the disease. And help they did—with food, with chores, with money, and most importantly, with compassion.
These histories are inextricably linked, and more importantly they’re both grounded in the support of the HIV/AIDS community. And in January 2015, when our two organizations came together, a powerful force of change was created for the community.”
is an active, fun-loving group of over 250 members who meet regularly to share common interests such as traveling (both locally and internationally), attending arts events, playing bridge or pinochle, reading and discussing books, making investments, touring gardens, taking walks and going on hikes, choosing among many options for dinners and lunches, cooking, and tasting fine wines from our own state, from other states, and from around the world.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center on Elder Abuse
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Out for Health
A Project of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Ithaca Education and Out for Health Office
“LGBT people are important to us and we are committed to providing useful information and respectful care about your sexual health and wellness. Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health and Wellness Project, Out for Health, provides outreach, education and information to LGBT people, their health care providers and the community at-large about the importance of inclusive, welcoming and respectful care for LGBT people.”
The “Over 40’s Group” Meeting
An open group for Lesbian Women 40 plus, in every stage of coming out or being out. They also get together for many social activities! Contact Fai for time and location: 206.722.0729
People’s Memorial Association
From the website: “Simpler funerals, a natural choice.
More and more people are choosing simpler options for their final arrangements–It just makes sense. People’s Memorial Association (PMA) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1939 to help the residents of Washington state avoid the confusion, sales pressure and high expense often associated with cremation and burial arrangements. We also provide education and advocacy for all consumers regarding end-of-life matters.”
People’s Memorial Association
Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (PSOLOC)
is a chapter of the National OLOC. It was created to connect old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve lives and visibility.
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)
For more than a quarter century, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) has been active in fighting for older Americans, their children and their families.
first started at Senior Center of West Seattle, is now offered at three different senior centers, Senior Center of West Seattle, Ballard Northwest Senior Center and SE Seattle Senior Center
Tacoma’s LGBTQ Community Center
Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE)
is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues.
Seattle Counseling Service
Seattle Gay Scene
“SEATTLE GAY SCENE is Seattle’s Leading GLBT community website, and most visited calendar in the region. We welcome over 100,000 visits every month, and we’re thrilled to welcome you too!
We also proudly serve as media sponsors for a number of amazing local organizations, including: Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, SIFF, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Qulture Qreative & Hard Times Press, NARK Magazine and Bacon Strip to help bring some of the most exciting live events and entertainment in the city.
We’re proud to offer up information about all manner of Queer Life in the Pacific Northwest – not just bars and nightlife, but TV, cinema, art, music, dance, news that affects us all and anything else that we like and want to share.
In 2011, we started offering SGS-TV – video coverage of exciting events, and deeper insight into the people who make the movies, theatre, art and fun times, and the Seattle Gay Scene Podcast – an audio conversation hosted by Les Sterling and Michael Strangeways, featuring folks that make LGBTQ life here so much fun!”
Seattle LGBT Commission
An excellent site full of resource links and information
Seattle Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation coordinates opportunities for anyone aged 50+, and is now offering activities specifically for LGBTQ seniors in collaboration with Generations Aging with Pride.
Create unity, honor diversity, and achieve equal human rights throughout our region and the world.
We coordinate and promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride events in the Seattle area celebrating the present, envisioning the future, and honoring the past.”
Seattle Prime Timers
A group for older gay men
The Seattle Lesbian
“About Us The Seattle Lesbian (TSL) is a daily online news magazine operating from offices in the Pacific Northwest, and reaching communities spanning continents around the world. TSL has changed the landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life by providing thought-provoking content with substantial relevancy on various angles of discussion and advocacy.”
From Sound Generations’ Statement of Purpose:
“At Senior Services we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, we are building an equitable and inclusive organization and providing our team of staff, volunteers and board members with the tools to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression. All members of our team are responsible for providing and supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment that will enrich our interactions with each other and our products and services. This responsibility provides the foundation for empowering our customers (primarily those who are aging and giving care to others) so that their needs are justly represented and their desires are compassionately heard.”
Speaking of Dying
“Informative and yet intimate, Speaking of Dying captures the importance of individuals and groups speaking openly about all aspects of the dying process.
Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end of life choices and wishes. It will motivate you to become more informed regarding life supports, hospice, palliative care, and other options—long before a crisis. The film also demonstrates the value of end of life planning in groups—one of the best ways to become comfortable speaking openly about this subject. Most of all, Speaking of Dying will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones.”
This film stars Julianne Moore in the role of Alice Howland: “Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.”
Tacoma Lesbian Concern (TLC)
“TLC is a non-profit organization which has been in existence since the 1970’s. We are a group of South Puget Sound lesbian women organized to provide opportunities for socializing. We schedule a wide variety of activities and have a great time doing it! This web site is offered to hook you up with current events, TLC membership, and other organizations that may interest you.”
Tacoma Older LGBT
“Tacoma Older LGBT works to achieve a vibrant high quality of life for older lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults in Tacoma, Pierce County and surrounding areas.
We hold lots of activities each month for our community ranging from dances, happy hours, coffee connections to potlucks. We also do trainings for providers who are working with older adults to offer culture competency on LGBT older adults.”
Ten More Good Years
This 2007 documentary film “follows four LGBT elders and explores the reasons why so many in this community age alone, without financial stability and often return to the closet. We meet men and women who work in the field of aging that help to explain why it is that so many of our Heros have been left behind. Yet there is hope; one thing the AIDS crisis taught the world is that LGBT people take care of their own. While the government continues to ignore the unique challenges and concerns these elders are facing, the gay community is finding ways to care for themselves. Ten More Good Years sheds light on the injustices LGBT elders are facing and offers hope for the future.”
Ten More Good Years
Seattle weekly newspaper
the online magazine of health and fitness for transgendered and transsexual people.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health